Councillor seeks assurances from Carillion over work at railway station in Dundee

Broughty Ferry level-crossing

A councillor has called for clarity after one of the UK’s biggest construction firms confirmed it was set to enter liquidation.

Carillion Plc, which employs about 20,000 people across the country, has struggled since reporting half-year losses of £1.15 billion last September.

A crew from the company has been working on the Broughty Ferry train station platform improvement works since last Monday.

Ferry councillor Craig Duncan now fears that the works could be left incomplete.

He said: “Given the unfortunate outcome for Carillion, it’s quite pressing that we get clarity.

“I’ve contacted the council’s head of city development and head of roads and transportation to ask them to get assurances from Network Rail.”

Mr Duncan said that, while the situation did not fall under the direct remit of Dundee City Council, it is “important” the authority sought assurances. His main worries, he continued, were whether the works would be completed and if the adjoining Queen Street car park would be left full of abandoned materials.

He added: “I don’t want us to be in a position where the car park is unavailable for residents for an indefinite period of time.”

Other Carillion projects include the extension of platforms at Edinburgh’s Waverley Station and a new £745m bypass at Aberdeen.

A Network Rail spokesman said the firm was doing all it could to ensure work would not be affected.

He said: “Network Rail is activating its contingency plans as a result of this unfortunate news.

“We will be working closely with the administrators and Carillion’s management team to ensure projects that they are working on continue and that the supply chain is maintained for this important work.”

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